Radish (Múlaka)

Radish (Múlaka)   Energetics: Pungent, astringent/hot/pungent KP+; V– (long white variety).   Actions: Appetite stimulant, expectorant, anticough, diuretic, antiparasitical   Indications: Digests heavy food, colds, flu, respira- tory infections, cleanses gall bladder and liver; head- aches, laryngitis, sinusitis, gall stones, intestinal worms, contains vitamin A, B-complex, and C.

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Onions (Durgandha, Palandu)

Onions (Durgandha, Palandu) Energetics: Cooked—sweet/hot/sweet VK– P+ Raw—pungent/hot/pungent K– VP+ Rajasic except when thoroughly cooked Actions: Stimulant, diaphoretic, aphrodisiac, expec- torant Indications: Colds, flu, general debility, sexual de- bility; with oil or ghee strengthening properties of meat, aid for physical exertion. Inhale raw onions (until tearing begins) for fainting and…

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Cilantro (Coriander leaf)

Cilantro (Coriander leaf) (Dhyanyaka, Kustumbari) Energetics: Sweet, astringent/cold/sweet VPK= (balanced) V+ excess Actions: Stimulant, diuretic, diaphoretic, febrifuge Indications: Skin allergies, hay fever, builds the digestive fire, sore throat, hyperacidity, nausea, fever, colds, thirst, cleanses blood, bile and uri- nary tract infections; juice—burning urine; anti- dote to hot and sour foods…

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Eggplant (Vartáka)

Eggplant (Vartáka)—listed as a fruit in Charak   Energetics: Pungent, astringent, bitter/hot/pungent VK- P+ [Only the tender variety] (V antidote with spices)   Actions: Nutritive, demulcent, anticarcinogenic, anticonvulsant   Indications: Long size increase Váyu and Kapha. Food value, convalescence from febrile diseases; heart tonic, appetite stimulant, mild laxative and diuretic;…

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Celery (Ajmoda)

Celery (Ajmoda)            Energetics: Astringent, sweet, salty/cold/pungent PK- V+ (needed minerals for all three humors)   Actions: Astringent, diuretic, nervine; seeds and roots—diuretic, seeds are hot, stimulant, carminative, emmenagogue, antispasmodic, (similar to ajwan—wild celery seeds) Indications: Cleanses mind, emotions, perception, increases ether to promote meditation (Closely related to gotu…

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Watercress (Chandrasura, Ahalíva)

Watercress (Chandrasura, Ahalíva)   Indications: Anemia, calcium deficiencies, blood purifier, catarrh, liver and pancreas disorders, stimulates the appetite, thyroid disorders, arthritis, emotional disorders, TB, high in potassium, sulfur, vitamin A, calcium, and iron; contains cop- per, magnesium, sodium, potassium, and iodine.

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